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estimates and unexpected bills.
This may sound like a lot to ask from your
energy supplier, but it is an ever-changing
market and suppliers can no longer be
seen to ba le or flummox customers with
complicated terms and conditions, taking
advantage of its complex nature. As a
consumer you should be able to demand
these new services, and if your supplier
can’t or won’t provide them, don’t hesitate
to take your business somewhere that does.
Take control of your energy usage and
At Mitie Energy more and more customers
are seeking help with strategies to manage
rising costs and reduce energy waste. This
is where a smarter approach and integrated
technology can really play a part.
Since 2010 electricity costs for businesses
have increased by around 90 per cent and
are expected to rise by another 60 per
cent by 2025. For many large industrial
and commercial businesses, this is a huge
challenge. For a typical large electricity
user with an annual bill of £10 million, this
equates to a £29 million additional cost
by 2025 – and we’re seeing some larger
customers facing increases close to £300
million. As an industry, from suppliers to
consumers, we need to act now to limit
The only way to mitigate these price
increases is to buy smarter and use less.
However, there are several factors to
consider when building and implementing
an energy strategy, including the
procurement of supply, bill validation and
managing building assets.
Managing assets is an obvious place to
start. This can be as simple as ensuring
lights and air conditioning are turned
o at the right time at night. With HVAC
systems responsible for around 40
to 60 per cent of a building’s energy
consumption, continuous monitoring
and management can provide significant
savings. However, gone are the days when
the last one out the door turned o the
lights. We need to be cleverer than that.
This is where technology can really make
a di erence.
The promise of a ‘smart energy utopia’
using IoT, AI, blockchain, and battery
technology may be on the horizon. Yet, as
an industry, we still need to pay attention
to the basics – such as helping our clients
to procure energy in a way that mitigates
the risk of rising prices, using economies
of scale to help bring down costs.
Similarly, bill validation should be as
important as adopting new technology.
No one wants to overpay, yet tackling and
resolving unusual bill charges is an obvious
step which is all too oª en missed unless
comprehensive monitoring is in place.
Regular energy consumption reporting
also o ers opportunities to continue
evolving the strategy and track any changes
All this is simply about being smarter,
using less, and ensuring clients have the
right tools and strategies in place to
deliver savings. Building these foundations
today will set us all on the path to smart
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With the increased focus on
decarbonisation in the UK, there has been
greater attention on the needs of the grid.
There are concerns on how it can cope with
an expected growth in electricity demand,
and the consequences this will have for
facilities which need to operate in a secure
environment to maintain operational
stability while actively reducing energy
consumption and carbon emissions.
This is accelerated by initiatives such
as the electrification of the UK transport
network and implementation of the Clean